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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, November 29, 2012

CLE on Trust Selection

CLE ImageThe Illinois State Bar Association is offering a 1 MCLE Hour teleseminar entitled, Picking the Right Trust - A National Perspective, on December 19, 2012. The keynote speaker at the event is Blanche Lark ChristersonBelow is a description and highlights of the event as provided by the Illinois State Bar Association: 

Choosing the right trust for a client’s needs is a balance of finding the right vehicle for the client’s specific goals, obtaining maximum tax efficiency and yet maintaining as much flexibility as possible over time.  It can be a daunting process, including working through a wide variety of sophisticated trust planning techniques and their tradeoffs under federal and state law. The process has grown even more complicated as the estate and gift tax law has shifted widely in the last several years, putting a premium on flexibility. This program will provide you with a framework for assessing the different alternatives and decision-tree for determining which is best for your client’s specific circumstances.


  • Practical decision-tree for finding the best trust alterative for your clients
  • Revocable v. irrevocable trusts – balancing flexibility against tax benefits
  • Trusts alternatives for passing and preserving value of family businesses or property
  • Special purpose trusts – special needs trusts, exclusion trusts, life insurance trusts
  • Charitable trusts – options for separating and allocating income and principal for benefit of charity and benefactor
  • Limits of trust planning and integration into larger estate plans


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